To Strafe had several different meanings. To punish. To hit hard. An attack, heavy bombardment etc. A unit in action which had suffered serious casualties was said to have been "strafed." To be reprimanded was to be "strafed." It was also used ash an expression of good humoured contempt or impatience, for example: "Oh strafe it!"
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.272.
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